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The Costly Moral Discipline of Patience

March 11, 2011

Bible Verse “Be still before the LORD, and wait patiently for him” (Ps. 37:7).

Devotional It is just this simple, patient waiting upon God in all your straits that certainly and effectively results in your deliverance. In all circumstances of faith’s trial, of prayer’s delay, of hope’s deferment, the most proper and grace-filled posture of the soul—that which insures the greatest returns of blessing to us and of glory to God—is a patient waiting on the Lord. Even though your impatience will neither cause God to break his covenant nor to violate his oath, yet a patient waiting will bring down larger and richer blessings. The moral discipline of patience is very costly. It keeps your soul humble; it keeps it believing; it keeps it prayerful. The mercy in which it results is all the more prized and precious because of the long season of hopeful expectation. It is actually possible to receive too speedy a return. In your eagerness to grasp the mercy, you may lose your grip on faith and prayer and God. A patient waiting on the Lord’s time and mode of acting on your behalf will tend to check all unworthy and unwise maneuvers and attempts at self-rescue. An immediate deliverance may be purchased at too costly a price. Its present taste may be sweet, but afterwards it may be bitter—God himself embittering the blessing that was not sought with a eye single to his glory. God’s timing (even though it tarries) and God’s deliverance (even though it is delayed), when it does come always proves to have been the best. “For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him” (Ps. 62:5; bold emphases mine).

Taken from Morning Thoughts for Today at the website of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, 2.25.11

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